NRF pledges to continue efforts to “alleviate burden” of ACA on retailers

national retail federationThe National Retail Federation pledged on Tuesday to continue its efforts to “alleviate the heavy burdens and mandates” the Affordable Care Act has on American retailers and restaurants, “in hopes of making the law more palatable.”

“The National Retail Federation will continue its constructive dialogue with the Administration and Congress on the Affordable Care Act, in order to address some of the serious implementation challenges confronting our nation’s retailers, chain restaurants, and small business owners,” the NRF said. “NRF will work to educate and inform our broad membership throughout implementation – including the opening of the health care marketplaces – to ensure that our members are prepared for the law.”

Beginning on Jan. 1, nearly every American will be required to carry health insurance, and on Tuesday, states opened their health insurance exchanges to allow Americans to compare plans, ABC reports.

Wednesday marked the second day of government shutdown, and with no indication of progress, President Obama called congressional leaders, including Majority Leader Harry Reid, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, to the White House, according to CBS.

A poll by Quinnipiac University released on Tuesday showed that, in a 72 to 22 percent margin, American voters oppose government shutdown over attempts to chip away at the Affordable Care Act, though voters are divided on the law itself.